ABU DHABI TOUR: JERSEYS UNVEILED - 20/23 October 2016 #RidetoAbuDhabi

From left: Mohamed Sanad Alqubaisi, HR Deputy Director, ADNOC; Muaammar Ibraheem Al Hadidi, Chief Property Officer, International Capital Trading; Hamed Alharthi, Assistant Manager – Corporate Communications, Mubadala; Gerardo Llanes, Executive Director, Destination Management, Yas Island; H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council -Photo Credits: Luca Lombardi
Four stages, four days of competition and the four colours of the UAE flag inspired the four different jerseys that the classification leaders will wear after every stage. Let’s start with the most prestigious jersey, the red of GC leader. The leader's jersey will be sponsored by ADSC. Last year the red jersey was won by the first winner of the Abu Dhabi Tour, the Colombian Esteban Chaves. Second, in order of importance, it’s the green Points Classification jersey, sponsored by Nation Towers and won in 2015 by the Italian Elia Viviani.
The black jersey for the Intermediate Sprint competition, won last year by the Italian Alessandro Bazzana, will again be sponsored by Etihad Airways. The Best Young Rider Classification Leader, born after January 1, 1991, will be awarded the white jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, which is also confirmed as the race host broadcaster. The jerseys are designed and made by the iconic brand Castelli and are cut in a close-to-the-body anatomical shape for maximum aerodynamic performance when the peloton head into dusty crosswind sections.
- Red Jersey - General Classification: worn by the overall winner, the rider who has proven to be the most consistent over the course.
Powered by: Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC)

“As the principal sports promoter and developer in this emirate, it is fitting that we sponsor the Abu Dhabi Tour’s most representative jersey which denotes leadership. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain worldwide exposure for our work and Abu Dhabi’s growing cycling credentials,” said His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The ADSC is closely aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that encourages all Abu Dhabi residents to participate in quality sports and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.
The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; both the Abu Dhabi and Gary Player Invitationals; the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final; the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The Abu Dhabi Tour.
We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, building community spirit, discovering local talent and delivering international exposure for the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub. Whether it is land, sea or air, we have sport covered.
- Green Jersey - Points Classification: worn by the peloton’s fastest man.
Powered by: Nation Towers
"We're extremely excited to announce this partnership, this is a major milestone for the Nation Towers team and we believe this partnership will bring a lot of value to the community and to our stakeholders. We are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and inspiring the community to participate in the sport," said Hamad Al Shamsi, CEO of International Capital Trading.

Nation Towers
is a luxury complex comprising two towers that have world class facilities including The St. Regis Abu Dhabi hotel, loft apartments, office space, retail, cinemas, recreational amenities, beach club and ample parking for residents and visitors.

- White Jersey- Young Rider Classification: worn by the best U25 young rider in the overall classification.
Powered by: Abu Dhabi Sports Channel
Abu Dhabi Media is pleased to take part in the Abu Dhabi Tour, by providing support from its Sports Channels, which will award the white jersey to the Abu Dhabi Tour’s best young rider, explained H.E. Mohamed Ebraheem Al Mahmood, Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Media. He also stressed Abu Dhabi Sports Channels’ ongoing commitment to strengthen the Emirate’s position as a world class destination for sport, reflecting the growing sporting environment in the UAE.

"Abu Dhabi Media places great importance on international sporting events, especially those where world champions are competing.  We are honoured to welcome all cyclists to Abu Dhabi and are dedicated to supporting our partners and stakeholders participating in the Tour, led by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, to ensure the event is a resounding success. We look forward to providing our audiences with a rich and diverse range of quality content," said H.E. Mohamed Ebraheem Al Mahmood, Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Media.

Al Mahmood is proud that Abu Dhabi Sports Channels, have been a leader in covering major global sporting events, since their establishment, using the latest broadcasting and digital technologies in an objective and professional manner. He confirmed that Abu Dhabi Media’s preparation to cover the Abu Dhabi Tour is based on a comprehensive media and live broadcast plan, covering all four stages of the race and its related activities.

Abu Dhabi Sports Channel is an UAE Arab channel part of the Abu Dhabi Media Company.

- Black Jersey - Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn by the rider who gains most Intermediate Sprint Points.
Powered by: Etihad Airways

“The Abu Dhabi Tour is a key component of Etihad Airways’ sports sponsorship portfolio in the UAE, which supports activities from golf to jiu-jitsu and from football to Formula 1. We know cycling is becoming increasingly popular across the country and are proud to support this growth,” said Hareb Al Muhairy, Senior Vice President, Corporate and International Affairs at Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways is the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways was established by Royal (Amiri) Decree in July 2003. It commenced operations in November 2003 and has developed into one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of commercial aviation.

The airline seeks to reflect the best of Arabian hospitality - cultured, considerate, warm and generous - as well as enhance the prestige of Abu Dhabi as a centre of hospitality between East and West. Our goal is to be a truly 21st century, global airline, challenging and changing the established conventions of airline hospitality.